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In Our Hands, Part 4: How to Keep What We Have


Published 1950


How a limited government and private control over labor, resources and tools can stave off a Communist takeover of the U.S.


Run time 11:07
Producer Wilding Picture Productions
Sponsor American Economic Foundation
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W

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"How well we manage our natural resources, our human energy and our tools determines how well we live in America. Despite our great productive power we still have many problems, which are more apt to be solved by free men exercising their personal and economic freedoms under a limited government than by those who would invoke a Master Plan administered by a Master State."
Anti-communist film.


ECONOMY UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT NATURAL RESOURCES TOOLS FREEDOM WORK LABOR WORKERS ANTI-COMMUNISM
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Reviewer: sifr4 - - October 22, 2011
Subject: Perspective
The description of this film is:
How a limited government and private control over labor, resources and tools can stave off a Communist takeover of the U.S.

Limiting government and handing elements of the public trust over to private (i.e. corporate) control did stave off a Communist takeover. How's that working for you?
Reviewer: Bill544 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 24, 2011
Subject: Freedom
Enola,you said it very well!

WL Dunn
Rochester Minn
Reviewer: enola - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 5, 2010
Subject: Missing the point
I'm not quite sure why some previous posters felt it necessary to poke fun at a film that espouses limited government serving the people, instead of the people serving big government. They must not know anyone who has lived in a Totalitarian society and hated the lack of freedom and prosperity.

The film makes an excellent point regarding the family farmer. From just what he produces on his land, he has to pay for the maintenance and replacement of all his tools, set aside money for lean years, have enough money to live on during the current year, plus pay taxes.

Sexual and social inequalities are mentioned within the context of problems the United States must still solve.

The secret ballot is referred to as the single most powerful tool we citizens have to ensure that government does not enslave us.

Yes, the narration is very 1950-ish, but that is when the film was made. We may express these things a bit differently today, but the message is nevertheless clear: limited government = our continued liberty. I don't see anything wrong with this concept.
Reviewer: donwert - favoritefavorite - November 5, 2010
Subject: Look! Under the bed!
This is one of those right-wing screeds from the 50s about how those sneaky commies are stealing our freedom! You'd think that since the cold war ended (NEWS BULLETIN: WE WON!!!!!) this sort of palaver wouldn't have much resonance anymore. But as some of the reviews suggest this kind of malarky still has some fans. Most of them probably love Sarah Palin----like speaking to like, as it were. A mildly intersting and quite unintentionally funny period piece.
Reviewer: Ron Raygun - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 5, 2009
Subject: Commie Friends
It does seem that many comments on these old films are from Communist sympathizers. It is a pity that they do not see the films in the true light of limited GUVMINT. Slow incrementalism of trashing the Constitution by a rapidly expanding GUVMINT since the '60's has blind-sighted the aforementioned "Commie" sympathizers. The film is truthful, but in a 1950 atmosphere which is much different than today. Since that time, the public schools, labor unions, animal rights coalitions, environmentalists, many attorneys (like Castro) have poisoned the freedoms that were formerly worshiped in the Constitution.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 19, 2005
Subject: Let's Talk About It!
Moree commie bashing from the In Or Hands series. I'm only getting to this part now because there's something wonky about the audio file in this one. Anyways, the terse narrator basically gives us a choice. We can live in a free country where we have every right to do whatever we want, or we can let the government run everything for us, and let the government take over our lives. Which one is it going to be? (Insert Bush Joke here)
Reviewer: spadata - favoritefavorite - March 22, 2004
Subject: InOurHan1950_4.mpeg
The fourth of an excellent series that reflects how freedom used to be. It is a shame our communist 'friends' on here have never known true freedom, otherwise they wouldn't be spewing their hatred of the United States of America.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
Ronald Reagan


Does anyone have a good copy of this? preferably in MPG-1 or mpg-2 in the correct ratio that works well with the major players?

The poor recordings make this otherwise great addition only a "2"
Reviewer: Yosemite1967 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 22, 2003
Subject: Run, commie, run!
I'm surprised the commies didn't make it far enough into this one to write a review to make Stalin-the-mass-murderer proud.

This wrap-up caps a very good little (though not perfect) series which lays things out in more clarity than most communists are capable of fathoming.

Strange how this knowledge was once so common-place and could be discussed so openly without ranting attacks from even Democrats. Nowadays, most Republicans don't even know these basic ideas.
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